Politics, Panthic, Breaking News | November 21, 2016
The interim Sikh leadership, appointed by Sarbat Khalsa 2015 a year ago, will not be asking for permission from the Punjab government to hold the next Sarbat Khalsa scheduled for Dec. 8, said Baljit Singh, interim jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib, to the Tribune India newspaper a couple of days ago...
U.S., Politics, Panthic, Breaking News | November 15, 2016
While Sikhs in the U.S. are bracing for waves of hate incidents unleashed by President-Elect Donald Trump's vitriol campaign, Sikhs in India are facing the outright violation of their civil rights by the Punjab government...
U.S., Politics | October 04, 2016
Reporting from Washington - While several turbaned Sikhs were seen participating in the Democratic National Convention during prime time, none were seen at the Republican National Convention.
Politics, Historic | July 06, 2016
Canada’s apology for the Komagata Maru incident of 1914, which embodied its civil rights violations against Sikh immigrants, may be the most sincere apology made by a government.
Politics | June 06, 2016
In perhaps the most bizarre presidential campaign in recent history, in which one of the candidates has managed to offend every minority group, two Sikhs are turning incidents of hate speech into conversations on embracing the changing face of America.
Politics, Breaking News | June 06, 2016
New York-based human rights group Sikhs for Justice is planning to protest, on Capitol Hill, India's attrocities against Sikhs and ask for a referrendum for an independent Sikh homeland in 2020 as Narendra Modi, who was banned from the U.S. from 2005 until he became India's prime minister in 2014, addresses a joint session of the Congress this Wednesday, June 8.
Politics, Breaking News | May 02, 2016
Sukhpal Singh Khaira, spokesman for India's Aam Aadmi Party in Punjab, stopped in Washington on Saturday to urge the diaspora to connect with friends and family back home and ask them to vote for AAP in the 2017 elections. He also urged non-resident Indians to cast their ballots, which will be available online. Sukhpal Singh in on an 18-city campaign tour of the United States. Full story upcoming this week.
Politics, Historic | March 30, 2016
The U.S. Army may soon grant Capt. Simratpal Singh a religious accommodation to serve as a combat soldier, but it may not single him out and subject him to specialized testing involving his articles of faith - unshorn hair and beard, and turban – and use those results to make its final decision. Update: Accommodation was granted on March 31.
Politics, Breaking News | March 07, 2016
A U.S. district court judge told Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter on March 3 that the Army cannot single out and subject Captain Simratpal Singh to any non-standard or discriminatory testing of his helmet and gas mask to determine whether to grant him a religious accommodation...
Politics, Historic, Breaking News | February 29, 2016
Eight senators and twenty-six members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a signed letter last week to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to respond to their grave concerns over the increasing intolerance and violence experienced by India’s Sikhs, including the killing of two Sikhs and the injuring of scrores of others who were protesting peacefully against the discretion of Guru Granth Sahib in Punjab, on Oct. 14...
Politics, Breaking News | January 25, 2016
Arashdeep Singh and another man challenged Republican candidate Donald Trump's bigotry-filled campaign yesterday by holding up a banner at his Iowa rally that read, "Stop Hate"...
Politics, Panthic, Breaking News | November 22, 2015
Interim Akal Takhat Jathedaar Dhian Singh Mand has called for a Bundh, or statewide shutdown, on Nov. 23, as another peaceful protest against the corrupt and abusive polices of the administration of Chief Minister Parkash Badal, a confidential source close to the organizers told Sikh Free Press...
Politics, Panthic, Breaking News | November 19, 2015
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal, director of the counter intelligence wing of the Punjab Police, is stereotyping diaspora Sikhs as "radicals," and accusing the foreign Sikh media of publishing "seditious" and "provocative" content, such as photos of police atrocities since 1984...
Punjab Police again forcibly force-feeds Surat Singh
Politics | July 26, 2015
A Sikh girl and her friends helped raise awareness in Washington of India’s civil rights violation of indefinitely detaining prisoners past their sentence terms.
Politics | April 29, 2015
The California State Assembly, this month, and the U.S. House of Representatives’ Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, last September, recognized the 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms, the role of the Indian government and law enforcement officials in orchestrating the massacre, and the need for their accountability.
Politics, Historic | June 16, 2014
On the 30th anniversary of Operation Blue Star, an eyewitness has emerged to tell his vivid account of the first six days of June 1984 when the Indian army closed off the Darbar Sahib and massacred about 8,000 innocent pilgrims inside the complex.
Aam Aadmi wins in Punjab
Politics | June 09, 2014
In the largest democratic election in history, some Sikh Americans campaigned in Punjab for Harvinder Singh Phoolka, a stalwart advocate for the 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom victims.
ਜਉ ਤਉ ਪੇ੍ਮ ਖੇਲਣ ਕਾ ਚਾਉ, ਸਿਰ ਧਰਿ ਤਲੀ ਗਲੀ ਮੇਰੀ ਅਾਉ
Politics, Historic | May 16, 2014
Reporting from Washington – One hundred years ago, when shiploads of immigrants were landing on the West Coast of the United States, thousands of Sikhs were suddenly leaving their livelihoods in America and sailing back to their homeland to launch an armed revolution against the British Raj.
in Indian American exhibition
Politics, Historic | April 08, 2014
Reporting from Washington – The Smithsonian Institution has distorted Sikh history in the United States in its new Indian American exhibition.
in Indian American exhibition
Politics, Historic | March 18, 2014
Reporting from Washington – The Smithsonian Institution has willfully mischaracterized the Sikh identity in its new exhibition on Indian Americans.
The A-Team has beards?
Politics | February 21, 2014
Reporting from Washington - The U. S. military allows its special forces to grow full beards while serving under the most extreme battle conditions, but requires Sikh soldiers to apply for religious accommodations for their beards, even with revisions made last month to its exemptions policy for religious practices.
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Politics | February 11, 2014
In an ironic meeting yesterday, Francois Hollande, president of France, where turbans are banned from government-related services such as schools and official pictures, was welcomed to Virginia by the turbaned mayor of Charlottesville, Satyendra Singh Huja.
Sikhs ask for full disclosure on 1984 and beyond
Politics, Historic | February 06, 2014
The results, released yesterday, of the UK government’s investigation into its involvement in the 1984 Operation Blue Star confirm that, at Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s request for advice, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher did send to Delhi a Special Air Services military officer, who recommended a paramilitary attack at Darbar Sahib using helicopters.
Politics | January 30, 2014
Ravneet Singh, founder of ElectionMall, an Internet-based campaign-services company, was arrested on Jan. 17 by FBI agents for allegedly facilitating nearly $300,000 in illegal foreign contributions to two candidates in San Diego’s 2012 mayoral race.
Politics, Historic | January 17, 2014
Baba Nam Singh Khalsa was living on the top floor of Guru Nanak Niwas at the Darbar Sahib complex when Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale moved in with nearly 30 of his men.